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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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90
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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 25
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
We're pretty sure HopWired is the first bottled new world India Pale Ale made with NZ grown pale ale malt and 100% unique NZ hops. We bet you'll find nothing else like it on the shelves.

Although there's plenty of malty sweetness, this beer is all about the hops. But unlike an American IPA, which will mainly challenge you with grapefruity and pine-like flavours and aromas, the kiwi hops used in HopWired produce something more like a tropical punchbowl: Passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to name but a few. A local Marlborough winemaker even said it smelled like gooseberries... Gooseberries? When did you last actually smell a gooseberry??

Decide for yourself, or just enjoy it without further complication. Cheers!

70 IBU

(Beer added by: ADZA on 11-26-2010)
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dbattey

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-01-2013 05:31:57 | More by dbattey
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-29-2013 01:59:51 | More by oline73
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-25-2013 14:25:15 | More by DRBiser
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-24-2013 13:31:29 | More by mendvicdog
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timiskin

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-23-2013 19:41:57 | More by timiskin
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Tom-Peters

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-22-2013 16:26:46 | More by Tom-Peters
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Production date of December 11, 2012.

Beer is golden amber with a moderate white head. Head fades steadily but not totally.

Nose contains some caramel malt, along with some fruity hop scents. Pineapple, mango and tangerine. Some pine. More malt than most IPAs, perhaps because of the fact that this beer is just over 4 months old, but it is still a nice smell. Fruit scents are a little different and quite pleasant.

Taste is also quite fruity. Again, pineapple and mango and tangerine, with a lime flavour as well. Quite tropical. Very unusual taste. A bit soapy. A good dose of caramel malt as well, with a bit of a toasty flavour. Bitter, but not strongly. I quite like this beer, the New Zealand hops are very nice. Would love to try it fresher.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. A bit on the bready side.

Overall, good. Quite enjoyable. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:06:14 | More by jrenihan
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juliendesrochers

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-16-2013 21:07:12 | More by juliendesrochers
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with many streams of huge carbonation bubbles. The frothy ivory head lasts a short while. but coats the glass in lace patches. Sweet, bready pale malts mix with light tropical fruit notes in the nose. Soap, white grape, orange and lemon hop flavors fill the palate. In toe, the doughy malt profile keeps things balanced. Hop bitterness builds with warmth, but contends with a light fusel alcohol flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with less carbonation than the appearance would let on. Tropical fruit hops and a moderate bitterness last a while in the finish - as does that boozyness.

Its great to have some more NZ hopped IPAs in Ontario, even if a tad pricey (6.25 for 500ml). This one could have a more nuanced alcohol presence and more intense, lively hop flavors, but its still a decent IPA. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 00:38:05 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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dvmky

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-15-2013 22:23:12 | More by dvmky
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bigsquirrel

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-15-2013 19:51:27 | More by bigsquirrel
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-14-2013 08:20:33 | More by NightINgale
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-14-2013 04:03:15 | More by WeissBoy
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear copper; big, egg-white head with strong retention and lacing

Aroma: bright citrus - orange grapefruit, lime - hinting at sweet and bitter; some spruce elements as well but generally it's on the fruity side

Taste & Mouthfeel: lightly oily, creamy texture; starts with a mild, simple, sweet malt flavour, but then the hops rush in with biting resin bitterness just barely caressed with lingering caramel malt; the citrus elements of the nose aren't present, this is all spruce tips; after time, things start to balance out and tropical, floral fruits gain the strength to balance out the hops very well -

Overall: it really becomes something interesting about halfway through, could make for a good sessionable beer with fresh, vibrant attributes throughout

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 14:23:36 | More by BGDrock
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hopnerd

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-13-2013 09:48:53 | More by hopnerd
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled with a production date of December 11, 2012.

(4.0) A: Beautiful clear copper with a creamy/bubbly white foam head. Retention isn’t the longest lasting but good lacing.

(3.75) S: Pine, citrus rind, bit of toffee, and baked bread. Slightly damp and earthy. Emits an overall mellow aroma that isn’t overpowering.

(3.75) T: Similar to aroma with pine, citrus, and biscuit tastes predominant. Light herbal qualities that comes across minty. Pleasantly dry and bitter with a clean finish. Easy to drink.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight grainy texture without much oily character.

(3.75) D: A nice IPA that has all the textbook qualities of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 01:07:27 | More by Digimaika2
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-09-2013 05:28:41 | More by yancot
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Dec 11, 2012 and freshly arrived locally. A little disappointing given the almost 4 months of age on this one.

Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium orange with two fingers of cream coloured head.

S - Passion fruit, peach, tangerine and a substantial honey malt sweetness. The bitterness is very restrained.

T - A moderate bitterness up front with mango, passion fruit and orange peel flavours. A prominent caramel malt sweetness provides a lot of balance. The hop flavours are very muted overall.

M - Medium body; somewhat sticky. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:17:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -25.9%

04-07-2013 23:49:35 | More by jmkoscie
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from the LCBO, part of the spring release. Around 6 bucks - not bad for a pint of good NZ craft IPA.

Poured into a nonic. Light caramel copper, about a half inch of head, with some terrific lacing and nice retention on the head.

The label and website describes this brew as being an all NZ brew, using NZ malts and hops - Nelson Sauvin, as well as two of the most Kiwi-sounding hop varieties one could imagine: Motueka and Southern Cross. This unique character certainly appears in the nose for this beer, which is certainly piney and strong malted grain, but the fruit is not the typical pithy grapefruit. It is something else - wine, tropical fruit, a few other odds and ends I can't quite pick out. Certainly highly enjoyable, and of its own kind.

Tastes much as it smells - a terrific blend of strong bitter pine and grain alongside subtle grape, guava or papaya (who am I kidding, I can't tell - call it non-citrus tropical fruit). A true sipping IPA. Nicely carbonated, mild bodied.

I've yet to be disappointed by a NZ craft beer; this is the first one that really brew me away. The Nelson Sauvin gets full billing here, and does superbly to help create a unique, tasty IPA. I will certainly be back for more of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 01:40:44 | More by JohnnyBarman
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden colour, solid thumb of off-white soapy head with solid retention and nice sporadic lacing.

S - Nice sweet and earthy pine and cedar hops, solid citrus profile, hits of caramel and candied sugar.

T - Flavour profile matches the scent to a T, with the earthy pine and cedar notes coming through and nicely balanced with the caramel flavours and bitter citrus lingering on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty brew that held up surprisingly well coming all the way from NZ. Definitely worth a try and I'd imagine the hop profile might be a bit more rich fresh from the brewery. I don't recall this quality of brew when I was visiting NZ well over 10 years ago, but they sure have stepped up their game.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 19:41:16 | More by andrenaline
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. What a pleasant surprise. Lots of American-style flavour with a relatively low ABV.

Pours a beautiful clear, copper colour with a reasonable white head. Brilliant pine and tropical fruit aroma with a nice caramel malt base. Some of the fruits in the aroma I can't quite identify, but that may be the guava or others listed on the label that I know solely by name. The flavour is both well balanced and complex, with a refreshingly bracing bitterness after the sweet smorgasbord of the body. Fruit flavours range from citrus to “tropical” – and are a real pleasure to drink.

Very impressive. Would highly recommend, and will definitely seek out more.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 00:07:23 | More by hopsolutely
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8 Wired Hopwired has a brassy and shimmering complexion, like a shiny new penny. Its toasty tone does nothing to compromise the spotless clarity. Its head rises in the glass like bread baking in the oven, only eventually to dissipate, little by little, until in time the surface is virtually flat.

For a hop-bomb, the aroma isn't so punchy; it exudes a lot of warming, toasty caramel malt notes that resemble maple fudge or almond bark. But at its core the beer is pure fruit and citrus: pineapple, passionfruit, white peach, blood orange, lime, and aromatic guava. There's also shavings of tree bark. It becomes even better as it warms.

The hops offer such a variety of flavours that I could agree to tasting nearly any fruit suggested: not only citrus ones such as lime, blood orange, grapefruit but other favourites such as mango, guava, passionfruit, apricot, green apple, gooseberry, and, fitting enough, even kiwi. The brewery is spot-on calling this a "tropical punchbowl". All this despite almost 4 months in the bottle and a voyage across the globe! Bready, biscuity malts provide a strong foundation.

The waves of citrus fruit spill out into streams of juicy and acidic textures in the mouthfeel. The fruit is somewhat pithy but far more ripe compared to many American examples. New Zealand hops (the Nelson Sauvin variety in particular) seem to have the same piercingly grassy and abundantly fruity aromatic intensity as New Zealand's famous Sauvignon Blanc grapes. That tiny island(s) truly has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to grapes and hops.

Hopwired is brewed exclusively with New Zealand grown malt and hop varieties; each bottle is essentially a traveling advertisement for New Zealand agriculture - and what better endorsement could you ask for? Unlike most every other wine region in the world, New Zealand produces almost exclusively premium wines and, from what I've tried, they produce only premium beers too. Hey, if this is what your land and people are capable of, why not have such high standards?

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 20:07:25 | More by biegaman
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timeo

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5L bottle from the Spadina/Dundas LCBO in Toronto. $6.25. Production date: December 11/2012.

Deeply excited to try this beer due to the Nelson Sauvin hops which I first had the pleasure of tasting through Bellwoods' Monogamy series. Initial pour revealed an orange-amber colour, with a fair amount of head retention. Taste is thicker than I thought it would be - not syrupy, yet lacking in that thin bitter punch that I've come to expect from IPAs. Smell is also atypical, overwhelmingly fruity and tropical - a real difference from the regular American and Canadian IPAs. Bitterness levels are also good though not particularly strong (no tingly sensation in mouthfeel), alcohol nicely masked (7.3%).

Overall, would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 18:08:24 | More by timeo
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-02-2013 20:49:10 | More by kwjd
Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.